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UWI hosts Open Lecture by Sir George Alleyne

For Release Upon Receipt - October 21, 2011

St. Augustine

Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI), is carded to speak at an Open Lecture hosted by The University’s Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) in collaboration with its Faculty of Medical Sciences, on Tuesday October 25th, 2011, at 5 pm, at Amphitheatre A, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt. Hope.

Sir George will speak on the topic, Health Degendered is Health Denied, which will address the issue of removing the element of gender when considering the type of health care required by a patient. He will assert that gender cannot be ignored since, not only is it one of the structural determinants of health, but it is also vital in determining the onset of a disease and how it should be treated.

This event is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to be seated by 4:30 pm.

For further information, please contact the IGDS at (868) 662-2002, Exts 83573, 83577 or 83549, or via e-mail at

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About Sir George Alleyne

Sir George Alleyne, OCC, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P. (Hon), DSc (Hon), a native of Barbados, became Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), on February 1st, 1995, and completed a second four-year term on January 31st, 2003.  In 2003 he was elected Director Emeritus of the PASB.  From February 2003 until December 2010 he was the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.  In October 2003 he was appointed Chancellor of The University of the West Indies.  He currently holds an Adjunct professorship on the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Alleyne has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including prestigious decorations and national honours from many countries of the Americas.  In 1990, he was made Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to Medicine.  In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honour that can be conferred on a Caribbean national.

About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

(Please note that the registered name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)


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